As teenagers in Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu – beautiful, self-assured – departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze – the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor – had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion for their homeland and for each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Spanned three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a rich told story set in today’s globalized world.
Nuruddin Farah weaves a provocative, unforgettable tale about family, freedom, and loyalty. A departure in theme and setting, Hiding In Plain Sight is a profound exploration of the tensions between liberty and obligation, the ways in which gender and sexual orientation define us, and the unintended consequences of the secret we keep.
In this ambitious tale of family and of a nation, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi skillfully weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break with the burden of their shared past and to reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
The Headline That Morning and Other poems is a poetry collection by Ugandan poet, Peter Kagayi. There are 50 poems in the book with wide ranging themes, from love and disillusionment to politics and to social commentary.
Alongside the book is an audio CD with 15 of the 50 poems in the book performed by Peter Kagayi featuring Hawa N Kimbugwe.
Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa’s soul-warming memoir tells of a life enriched by song, literature, food and spirituality at the heart of a loving family. Born into a newly independent Uganda, she grew up in a volatile political landscape but never lacked the inspiration and protection of generations of friends and relatives. Her story travels from her expansive childhood homes in Uganda, to the novelties of living in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, before settling in Cape Town, her current home. But no matter how far her journey takes her, it’s clear that home is not only about places but people.
Fire In The Night And Other Stories contains the best of the 2014 Writivism short story competition. Selected by some of Africa’s finest established writers, including Zukiswa Wanner, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Emmanuel Sigauke, Abubaker Ibrahim and Glaydah Namukasa, these fourteen new works of fiction by hitherto unpublished authors refuse to be pigeon-holed by conventional ideas of what or how an African ought to write. Do not read it if you do not want your preconceptions challenged; do read it if you want to be thrilled by the future of African in Africa.
Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.
With these stories, the post 1986 generation are pushing the boundaries talking issues of gender equality, questioning ableism, doubting sisterhood, spinning old tales in fresh voices and exploring new territories. There is love, there is pain, there is debate, there is everything else that is rarely said of the new generation of Ugandan and African writing.